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Grateful Dead Live at Fillmore Auditorium on 1966-07-17




Track 01: Big Boss Man (04:44.820)
Track 02: Standing On The Corner (03:26.270)
Track 03: Beat It On Down The Line [7] (03:32.418) >
Track 04: > In The Pines (04:54.155)
Track 05: Cardboard Cowboy (03:27.489)
Track 06: Nobody's Fault But Mine (04:06.135)
Track 07: The Next Time You See Me (03:40.836)


Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Fillmore Auditorium
Location San Francisco, CA

Source SBD > RTR @ 15 I.p.s. > PCM > D > SSSB
Transferred by sbe fix etc by Marmar of original Jay Serafin seed

Notes

JAY'S PERSONAL COMMENTS:

It's REALLY AMAZING that I find a LOT of 1966-68 shows which sound better than a lot of the 1970's reel to reel-originated shows, and even a lot of the early PCM shows. NOTE: When PCM was first made available on the commercial market, it was only limited to 8 bit quality sound, and would only work with certain Sony BetaMax videocassette decks. As time and technology grew, the PCM units became easier to use, they would work will almost ANY VCR (be it VHS or the now-dying BetaMax formats)... and finally they were able to get 16-bit sound to work CORRECTLY around the mid-1980's.

But, a little known factoid about the sound quality: the Dead weren't always the ones who were setting up the RTR decks. The record companies were bringing in the Otari 2" 4 and 8 track decks which ran at a minimum of 15 i.p.s., and were able to be better calibrated to more brands and formulations of open reel tape. This is why a lot of these shows sound so pristine... but yet there were a lot of reel changes (when there weren't two RTR decks there... one to run, and the other on "standby" so that the recording could be started as the first deck began to run out of tape! So, this is why some shows literally have no gaps where the reels were changed!

It is my understanding that for this show, a single Otari 4 track 1" wide tape running at 7.5 i.p.s. was used. Some of the songs from this Fillmore run were going to be used as promos, and possibly as a live album early on. The record companies were REALLY hot on the Dead, and they wanted the Boyz to also try new songs to see how they would be received by the audience, as well as how they would sound live. Hence, "one-offs" like In The Pines, Cardboard Cowboy, were played, and then evaluated by the record companies.

The PCM archive tape is deteriorating, as can be heard in the left (vocals) channel (only). On very loud vocal peaks, you can just hear a very slight distortion. It's not really as bad as it look "in print", but it can be heard. Again, it's only during the loudest vocals, and not on any of the instruments (right channel). This is a problem inherent to ALL tape-based media, in that it will deteriorate over time. Thank goodness that the Vault is very regulated as far as it's climate, air quality and purity, and that a lot of shows are being re-archived onto non-tape-based media.

In The Pines and Cardboard Cowboy are FIRST / LAST / ONLY TIMES PLAYED songs. In The Pines is good, a song of sorrow. But Cardboard Cowboy, I can live without. It just doesn't "make it" with me. Other people like it, maybe because it's very rare to hear a good quality copy of it, or to even hear it at all, or just because it's a Dead song... who knows?!?!?

The entire show had an "energy" to it, but not a very high level. There weren't any real between-song lulls like we've come to expect, and sometimes it can be heard when the guitars are slightly out of tune (and adjusted during the songs). Bobby is pretty prominent in the mix, Pig's organ is really present (no dirty jokes, please!), but Jerry's guitar, depending on the song and how attentive the engineers were at any point in time, was either present, low volume (being picked up by the other instrument microphones nearby, or "invisible" for very short periods of time. It never ceases to amaze me that audio engineers, especially with the Dead and the Fillmore's own crew, who were excellent most of the time, could be so ignorant of the fact that things weren't right! But, that just makes the show all that much more interesting, I would imagine!

This is the ENTIRE show... all songs are included, so you get the "feel" of how

Reviews

Reviewer: njpg - - August 15, 2013
Subject: -
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Reviewer: snojon - - January 21, 2010
Subject: same as the 16th
these songs seem to be identical as the ones listed for the 16th. quality's slightly better on the 16th plus more songs are contained there. that's the only reason why this show got less than stellar rating, otherwise the sound is great on these tracks,plus I like the notes at the bottom that explain why there's better sound quality on these tracks than some of the recordings from the 90's.
Reviewer: Jim F - - July 18, 2009
Subject: Cardboard Cowboy...
I don't think this was the only time it was played, also done on 7/29 or 30/66. I think it's never too good of an idea to speculate on "first, last," or "only" time performed for anything from 66-68 or 69. if only there were more tapes...I've often said, if I ever get my hands on a time machine, I'm going back and making tape at every show from those years. But I'll have to do it stealth so no one sees my modern day equipment, cause I sure ain't using 1966 era equipment. Hopefully it ain't like The Terminator and you have to go back naked.

ha anyway you gotta love these 7/16+17/66 recordings. Heck, ya gotta love any shows from 66. While this one may not have the energy of say 11/19/66, the unique and rare material played in that garage band style known as early GD is just something every deadhead has to hear. I've always especially liked the In the Pines.

I'd give it 5 stars just for being a surviving recording from 1966, and in relatively excellent audio quality. But I'll rate it based on my opinions on the other tapes of the year, and give it 3 and a half stars, and round up to 4...
Reviewer: Evan S. Hunt - - July 18, 2009
Subject: Afternoon Concert
Was there with my best buddy, Paul. It was his 17th birthday. Earlier in the day we saw them play in the Panhandle of Golden Gate Park with the Jefferson Airplane. Unforgettable. While the Dead were playing the Airplane was setting up.

Superb recording. I think Bear recorded this.
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